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Horseback Archery on Zushi Beach    

Yabusame, or horseback archery, was performed to pray for peace to reign in Kamakura Period.  Here on Zushi Beach, too,yabusamehas a long-standing history.  An arrow is shot from the back of the horse running at full speed on the beach.  The moment the arrow hits the target, the crowd bursts into a great cheer.  Horseback archery performed against the background of vast ocean is rare even across the country.  Processions of small children and samurai-warriors parade from the shrine to the streets, reproducing the atmosphere of the old time.

Photo: Horseback archery on Zushi Beach

逗子海岸の流鏑馬

鎌倉時代、天下泰平を祈願するために催されたといわれる流鏑馬。逗子の流鏑馬も歴史のあるものです。砂浜を疾走する馬上から放たれる弓が的を射ると、一斉に歓声が上がります。広々とした海を背景に行われる流鏑馬は、全国でも珍しいものです。神社からは稚児行列と武者行列がまちを練り歩き、往時を偲ばせます。

 

 

Yokohama Sankeien Garden Dressed for Autumn

Sankeien Garden is a traditional Japanese garden located in Yokohama City.  It has 17 historical structures, including 10 national important cultural buildings, scattered over its extensive premises.  When autumn comes, some of the old architectures in the garden are unveiled to the public, starting on November 22 this year.  This is a special occasion to look into the important cultural properties, whose doors are usually kept closed.  Shunsoro, a tea-ceremony house, looks as if it sits on the golden carpet of gingko leaves.  Colored with vivid red maple leaves is a traditional residential architecture named Choshukaku.  Enjoy the beautiful contrast presented by these ancient buildings that you can see only in this season.         

Photo: Sankeien Garden in autumn

横浜三渓園 秋の装い

三渓園は、横浜市内の広大な敷地に、国の重要文化財建造物10棟を含む17棟の歴史的建築物を有する日本庭園です。11月22日からは恒例の秋の古建築公開が始まり、普段は入れない重要文化財内部を見学することができます。銀杏の絨毯を敷き詰めたような黄金の茶室・春草蘆と、鮮やかなカエデの紅に彩られる聴秋閣。この時期ならではのコントラストが生み出す絶景をお楽しみください。 

 

 

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